Pushpavalli Amman temple at Choolaimedu has rich history

Chennai: Arulmigu Sri Varasakthi Vinayagar Sri Pushpavalli Amman temple located at NGO Colony, Kamarajar Nagar, Choolaimedu is an old temple with its history dating back to the formation of the colony in 1950s.

“NGO Colony, which is Non-Gazetted Officer’s colony, was developed in the 1950s by the government and in the original plan, they marked the place where the temple is present currently as an area exclusively for the temple. But even before that, a small Vinayagar idol was kept here and people were worshipping it,” said temple priest Swaminathan.

“However, in the street closeby, it is said that there used to be a big anthill, which had serpents in it. Once, a serpent was beaten to death by the locals at the spot and soon, in one of the resident’s dream, it is believed that the Amman came and said that it was the goddess who came as serpent to the spot. Soon, the idol of the Amman was also placed and people began worshipping it ever since,” he added.

Facing east, in the main sanctum, Lord Varasakthi Vinayagar is present. Opposite to the deity, on the pillar a small sanctum has been built for Lord Anjaneya with the idol facing the Vinayagar sanctum. On the walls of the main sanctum there are alcoves in which Lord Dakshinamoorthi, Vishnu and Goddess Vishnu Durgai are placed on the left, rear and on the right wall, respectively.

Adjacent to the main sanctum on the right side is Lord Subramaniar with Valli and Deivanai on either sides. Adjacent to it in a separate sanctum, Goddess Pushpavalli Amman is present, giving darshan to the devotees in sitting posture. Beneath the idol, a small bust of the Amman is also present. Opposite to it, on the right corner, Navagrahams are placed. On the left corner, the temple’s sthala vriksham is present under which the idol of the Vinayagar which was worshipped before the kumbhabhishekam is kept alongside Lord Nagar.

“The temple’s latest kumbhabhishekam was done in 2010 and it was when the temple got its present structure. Earlier there was no building and the idols were placed under a roof. It was only in early 2000s that it was decided to build the temple,” adds the priest.

Speaking about the special poojas in the temple, he says, “During the month of Aadi, for three days, Aadi Thiruvizha will be held during which Koozhvarthal, Paal Kudam and other special poojas and rituals will be done in a grand manner. In the month of Chithirai, Vasantha Navarathri will be conducted in a grand manner. During the occasion, since the deity has the name Pushpavalli, the Goddess will be decorated with different types of flowers for 10 days. During Navarathri, on all 10 days, the goddess will be decorated as Gowri, Gowmari, Vaishnavi, Gayathri, Rajarajeshwari, Balambigai and special poojas will happen. During Vinayaga Chathurthi for Varasakthi Vinayagar, homam will be done in the morning and the deity will be decorated after special abhishekam. In the evening, the idol will be decorated with santhanakappu.”

“Apart from that during Sankada Hara Chathurthi, maha abhishekam will be done at 7 pm. During every Pournami (full moon day) for Ambal, special abhishekam will be performed. During Guru Peyarchi and Sani Paeyarchi, special homams will be performed in the temple along with a samashti Archanai,” said the priest.

“The deity here itself is very special because of its name Pushpavalli Amman, which is a very rare name for a deity. During Aadi Pooram, for women who are childless, special pooja takes place and over the last 10 years we have been seeing very positive results of the pooja as next year the couple come with their newborn baby. Also some devotees say that after worshipping the deity they are getting relieved of their body ailments,” he adds.

The temple is open from 8 am to 10 pm and from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm. During the month of Margazhi, the temple will be open between 5 am and 9 am.

Aaditya Anand M